Photographer Joseph O. Holmes has an ongoing obsession with the intersection of a person's personal and professional lives: their workspace. For more than five years, he has documented the spaces exactly as he has found them, neither arranged nor styled for the camera. Through "a complex dance of explanation, skepticism, persuasion, and fascination that goes back and forth," he convinces his subjects to allow him to photograph their workspace. "What I end up capturing," he says, "turns out to be the work that was interrupted to answer the door." — Brent Murray

Andy Cohen's Desk, Bravo TV, Rockefeller Center, New York City

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

Photographer Joseph O. Holmes has an ongoing obsession with the intersection of a person's personal and professional lives: their workspace. For more than five years, he has documented the spaces exactly as he has found them, neither arranged nor styled for the camera. Through "a complex dance of explanation, skepticism, persuasion, and fascination that goes back and forth," he convinces his subjects to allow him to photograph their workspace. "What I end up capturing," he says, "turns out to be the work that was interrupted to answer the door." — Brent Murray

Andy Cohen's Desk, Bravo TV, Rockefeller Center, New York City

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

Workspaces

Photographer Joseph O. Holmes has an ongoing obsession with the intersection of a person's personal and professional lives: their workspace. For more than five years, he has documented the spaces exactly as he has found them, neither arranged nor styled for the camera. Through "a complex dance of explanation, skepticism, persuasion, and fascination that goes back and forth," he convinces his subjects to allow him to photograph their workspace. "What I end up capturing," he says, "turns out to be the work that was interrupted to answer the door." — Brent Murray

Andy Cohen's Desk, Bravo TV, Rockefeller Center, New York City

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

Chickie's Shoe Shine, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

Brooklyn Heights Cinema Projection Booth, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

CBGB Register, The Bowery, New York City

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

Phototech Camera Repair (Workbench), NoHo, New York City

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

Ganmar Electronics (Bench No. 2), Park Slope, Brooklyn

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

Industrial Antiques (Workbench), Lower East Side, New York City

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

Tekserve Macintosh Repair (Workbench), Chelsea, New York City

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

Universal Spring Company, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

Jo's Kitchen Desk, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes